Costa Votes for Long-term Budget to Fully Fund Military and Essential Valley Programs
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) voted in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act, a bipartisan budget deal that will fully fund the military as well as domestic program priorities through Fiscal Year 2019. The legislation will provide the federal government with the long-term budget it needs to plan for more than weeks at a time and fully operate essential government programs, many of which directly impact industries and individuals across California’s San Joaquin Valley.
“Today the House of Representatives finally did its job: We passed a long-term budget that provides our military and government programs with the funding vital for protecting our national security, tackling the challenges facing our nation, and taking care of our children, our veterans, and our most vulnerable Americans,” said Rep. Jim Costa, who voted in favor of the budget bill that passed the House with a 240-186 vote. “Equally important, this two-year budget provides the certainty required for businesses and families to make decisions and plan, and for the government to invest in our nation’s future.”
“Passing a long-term budget is well overdue, and I hope we in Congress continue these serious bipartisan efforts as we address our next pressing issue, which needs to be protecting DREAMers and comprehensive immigration reform,” Congressman Costa continued. “Speaker Ryan has said that he will bring the debate on DREAMer protections and immigration reform to the floor once we reach a budget agreement, and I will hold him to his word.”
The Bipartisan Budget Act will reverse sequestration and raise the limits on government discretionary spending for both defense and non-defense spending. More specifically, the legislation will provide for:
- $7.8 billion for community health centers, such as Madera’s Camarena, Fresno’s Clinica Sierra Vista, and Golden Valley and Livingston Health Centers throughout the San Joaquin Valley.
- $20 billion for infrastructure investment, including rural broadband expansion, improving surface transportation, and water and energy infrastructure projects.
- $89 billion in additional disaster relief, including funds specifically designated to help California communities recover from last year’s devastating wildfires.
- $4 billion for programs that aid college affordability, including those that help police officers, teachers, and firefighters.
The bipartisan budget agreement will also:
- Fund programs to fight the opioid epidemic, including helping children and families affected by opioid addiction.
- Eliminate the cap on livestock insurance and strengthen the Dairy Margin Protection Program, which increases livestock and dairy farmers’ ability to manage the risk inherent to their industry.
- Continue funding for hospitals that serve all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, including Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Mercy Medical Center in Merced, and Madera Community Hospital.
- Reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for 10 years, which covers tens of thousands of children in California’s 16th Congressional District alone.
- Create the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform, which will provide recommendations to the U.S. House and Senate by November 30th on ways to significantly reform and improve the federal government’s budget and appropriations process.